An example of retire is Germany stopping the use of the mark as currency.
An example of retire is someone going to bed at ten o'clock.
An example of retire is what a currently working person born after 1960 can do when they reach age 67.
To retire troops from an action.
To retire outdated machinery.
The board retired the old major.
Jones retired Smith 6-3.
The regiment retired from the fray after the Major was killed.
Having made a large fortune, he retired.
He wants to retire at 55.
Past the point, the shore retires into a sequence of coves.
Origin of retire
- French retirer to retreat from Old French to take back re- re- tirer to draw tier1
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle French retirer (“draw back"), from prefix re- (“back"), + verb tirer (“draw, pull"), from Old French tirer, tirier (“to draw out, arrange, adorn"), from tire, tiere (“row, rank, order, dress") of Germanic origin akin to Old English and Old Saxon tÄ«r (“fame, glory, ornament"), Old English tÄ«er (“rank, row"), Old High German ziari, zÄ“ri (“ornament"), German Zier (“ornament, adornment"), German zieren (“to adorn"). More at tier